Remote Working Etiquette
The overarching aim of this page is to outline the behaviour expectations during remote lessons to empowers our students ‘to develop into aspirational young people who thrive in a changing world.’
Harris Academy Battersea is committed to the highest standards of behaviour, so that no child’s progress is negatively impacted by the behaviour of others. It supports our students to demonstrate and learn our core values:
- You must attend and be on time to all lessons on your timetable. To be marked as present, you will need to comment ‘here’ in the chat or like the post from your teacher. Your teacher will take the register while you complete your HIR.
- You must be fully equipped for lessons. This includes pens, pencil, calculator, paper/workbook, ruler and IT equipment. If there are any issues with this, then your teacher will inform your year lead who will support you in getting this sorted.
Within the post section of any Team
- This is a forum to discuss your work; please keep chats about schoolwork only. Then other students can easily find any questions they have asked teachers.
- Be kind! If you would receive a reminder/sanction in school for your comments, then you should not be posting them online.
- Use formal English – no slang!
- Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers questions about schoolwork – that is what the forum is for!
For any ‘live’ lessons
- A live lesson is any time that a teacher hosts a call with the class. This call may be an audio call or audio and video as well. These live lessons allow students and teachers to interact verbally.
- Students must dress appropriately for live lessons. If there any issues with this, then your teacher will inform your year lead who will contact you and your parents.
- You must leave your camera on throughout the ‘live’ section of the lesson, so that your teacher can easily respond to any questions you have. You must remain muted unless your teacher asks you a direct question. You will soon have camera’s enabled to help support these lessons.
- When a teacher asks you a question, unmute yourself and respond quickly before re-muting yourself again.
- Before and after the live section of the lesson, you will be asked to complete tasks independently – your HIR and Plenary. This must be done immediately so that your teacher can provide feedback to the class.
Behaviour poster for live lessons
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How should I communicate with my teacher?
This section has guidance about how to communicate with your teacher and other students about schoolwork, school matters or any worries or questions you may have.
You should send messages using Teams and/or email to your teachers to ask questions or for support.
All email communication should be made between the hours 7am – 7pm on weekdays. Your teachers will not communicate with you outside of these times.
Your email communication and all messages on Teams should be formal. This means you should follow the below ‘email etiquette’.
You must only use your school email address and Microsoft Teams to contact staff at the Academy. You must not attempt to contact them using any other method.
Only email/message in the given times of 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday.
All emails/messages to be formally addressed ‘Dear Miss X’ and concluded ‘Kind regards’.
All requests to be made politely: ‘I write to ask you if I could have some guidance with/if you could explain this task to me/when you would expect me to…’
All emails to have a subject written in the subject line, such as ‘Request for Guidance’.
Understanding that emails will be responded to within 24-48 hours, but not instantly; your teachers are helping all of their students and it may take them some time to get to your request.
Only email the one person who you need to ask a question to or send your work to; you should not email lots of people or hit ‘reply all’ if your teacher has emailed your whole class.
Never use slang, informal language or any kind of impolite language such as swearing, insults or anything that may appear offensive.
If you are worried about your safety or wellbeing, or you would like to raise a concern about another student, email your head of year or the school’s designated safeguarding lead Ms Hosker firstname.lastname@example.org so that a member of the school’s safeguarding team can help
Dear Ms Smith
I write to ask for some more guidance about the task you have asked us to complete for this Friday. I am not sure which of the sources you would like us to use to answer question 5. Could you please tell me which one to use so that I can complete this work?
Dear Ms Smith
I write to raise a concern about my friend. I have noticed that she has sent me a few messages in which she seems to be very worried about how she will prepare for her exams while school is closed. I hope you can help. Her name is Joanne Bloggs and she is in Year 11.